Take Strides

I have been on the road for close to three months now. Chasing this dream of changing the world. I have come to realize what an adventure and challenge this will be. Not that I can’t do it, just that I have an uphill battle ahead of me. I have proven over and over that I am a fighter. I can defeat all odds…and that is exactly what I will do.

When I first arrived in New York City at the very young age of 18 I had my “best friends” tell me that I didn’t belong in front of the camera. I had photographers tell me I needed to work out and then they would edit my cleft lip out of my head shots. I had the closest people in my life tell me I was not an artist, that I belonged in an office, on the administrative end of things. I had multiple people tell me, “You just are not a model.” Truth be told? They were right about that last one; I am so, so much more than that.

I am a warrior
I am a dreamer
I am an anomaly
I am worthy

I lived a life of lies for years. Being anyone other than myself was easier. It was the biggest cop out until people started to see through that thin shield. I all of the sudden was without friends, without family, and without myself. I had never taken the time to find solidarity in who Zack was. It was ridiculous to think that happiness was inside anyone other than myself. I searched and searched and trust me, there is nothing like giving yourself the love you have so freely handed out to those around you. Once I did, my entire sense of being and purpose changed for the better and I began to fall in love with the universe and the universe began to fall in love with me.

So, to all of the readers out there:

Wear exactly what you want and walk tall with confidence. Let each stride bring you closer to your true self. Never apologize for being YOU. Smile or give your best fierce face and LIVE.


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